Wednesday, 19 February 2020

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added



Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in February:

These Clinical Overviews have been updated with latest evidence:

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Richmond Library book sale starts Monday

We are holding a sale of books recently withdrawn from our stock, starting at 9 am on Monday the 17th of February at the Richmond Library.

On offer will be a variety of titles, including previous editions of textbooks as well as other items covering lots of different subjects and disciplines.

Costing just £1 or £2 each, you could find yourself a real bargain, but they do tend to sell quickly so we advise you to get here early in the week for maximum choice

Friday, 31 January 2020

Coronavirus (2019 CoV) information

Coronavirus image courtesy of Gianluca Tomasello
In the light of the current coronavirus outbreak, a number of publishers have made information on the virus freely available.

Journal articles and research

Other useful information

News sources

Monday, 20 January 2020

Library closures Monday 27th January

"This new system is super hi-tech" 
All the libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 27th of January because of staff training.

We are moving to a new library management system and the whole team will be spending the day getting to grips with the new catalogue, finding out how to issue, return and reserve books etc., before we go live towards the end of March (more on that later).

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries, but Isebrook Library will be closed for the day.


Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews, journals and books added


Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in January:

These Clinical Overviews have been updated with latest evidence:

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:


Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

New electronic journals collection available

Mark Allen Healthcare Complete
The Library Service has purchased a new collection of electronic journals for 2020.

Featuring over 65,000 articles across 26 titles, the Mark Allen Healthcare Complete collection is aimed at nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

The titles available in the collection include:
  • British Journal of Community Nursing
  • British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
  • British Journal of Healthcare Management
  • British Journal of Mental Health Nursing
  • British Journal of Midwifery
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • Dental Nursing
  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing
  • International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Journal of Health Visiting
  • Journal of Prescribing Practice (formerly Nurse Prescribing)
  • + 15 others
For a full list of titles available see the MAH Collection poster online.

To access any of the individual titles from the MAH Complete collection you can:
You can also find links to all the MAH Complete content if you undertake a search on a topic using HDAS (the healthcare databases).

For any of these options you will need an OpenAthens password to access these (and thousands more) electronic journals. If you don't already have one you can register online for an account.

Please contact one of the libraries if you have any questions about accessing the collection. 

Friday, 3 January 2020

Need information on patient experience? Try the Healthwatch national reports library

Healthwatch National Reports Library Tool
Healthwatch have created a library of reports produced by every local Heathwatch in every part of the country.

Although it is still in development, the library features a wealth of patient experience information in over 2000 reports, covering Primary Care, Secondary Care, Urgent and Emergency Care, Social Care, Mental Health and Community Services.

The reports are searchable by title or keyword, you can specify what NHS sector you are interested in, and limit by date. You can also look for specific types of report, evidence of impact and and you can even browse by locality (you can find all the reports for Northamptonshire here).

Healthwatch have created a really useful tool and if you need information on patient experience it is a great way to see what is happening up and down the country.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Always Caring, Always Nursing: Ethel 100 years of professional nursing 23rd December 2019

Ethel Fenwick
The Nursing and Midwifery Council are celebrating 100 years of professional nursing with the centenary of the Nurses Registration Act on the 23rd of December.

The Always Caring, Always Nursing site features a timeline, 100 years of professional pride, which looks at the major milestones of professional nursing in the UK.

There is also a profile of Ethel Fenwick, the first registered nurse and a real pioneer in the field.

Bring it up-to-date, there are also the stories of individual registered nurses, Tales from then, now and tomorrow.

For anyone with an interested in, or wanting to celebrate the rich history of professional nursing, the NMC's site is well worth a look.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Christmas opening at the libraries

All of the libraries will be open up to Tuesday the 24th of December.



Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Friday the 27th until Tuesday the 31st of December as usual, and then will reopen on Thursday the 2nd of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will be closed after Tuesday the 27th of December for the Christmas period and will reopen on Monday the 6th of January. Please contact one of the other libraries if you require any help during this period.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be staffed from Friday the 27th until Tuesday the 31st of December as usual, and then will reopen on Thursday the 2nd of January.

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal throughout the Christmas period at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2020.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added



Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

These Clinical Overviews have been updated with latest evidence:

Books

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Fact checking sites - sorting the facts from the spin

With a general election weeks away, and claim and counter claim appearing in the media and online, coupled with the rise of "fake news" and "deep fake" videos, it is can be difficult to sift out the facts from the spin (or even misinformation).


However, there are some sites who do their very best to ensure factual analysis of the days news and deliver an unbiased, un-spun analysis.

We recommend starting with Full Fact. They are an independent charity who provide impartial analysis of news items and political claims and who even push to have misinformation corrected. Full Fact are transparent about their funding and the team who run the organisation and carry out the analysis. They are a great place to start if you want to get to the bottom of a news story.

There are also some other fact checking sites you may find useful:
  • Media Bias / Fact Check is a useful site that follows a strict methodology to assess the biases and the accuracy of media sources. It is a US based site, but also includes reviews of lots of UK based media outlets (e.g. The Daily Mail). A useful resource if you come across a site you are less familiar with or want to get a feel for the accuracy of your preferred media company.
  • Fact Check run by Channel 4, attempts to look at the truth behind news stories and the claims of political parties and "hold them to account"
  • BBC Reality Check as with Fact Check, the BBC service was set up to check and debunk misleading stories posing as real news.
Of course not every story will be covered by a fact checking service, so you will sometimes have to use your own judgement. Full Fact have developed a handy fact checking toolkit which offers simple practical tools to help you identify the accuracy of a story.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Library information skills training programme 2020

Need to find information to support your clinical practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the supporting evidence? Starting a course but can't find the study material? Found the evidence but unsure what it means? Going through nursing re-validation? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2020 are now available on the Library's web page.

Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

They are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find, evaluate and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

So what do we offer?

Tailored and one-to-one sessions

  • If you can't make one of our workshops we can arrange a one-to-one session with you, either at one of the libraries or in your place of work if it is suitable.
  • We can created a tailored session for your team or department and deliver it in any suitable location. From a 10 minute update on the library service to a full three hour training session, just let us know what you need.

Our scheduled workshops


  • The PreCourse Course
    If you are returning to study, or starting a formal academic programme for the first time, our PreCourse Course may be just what you need. This three hour workshop is designed to give you the information skills you need to make you studies that bit easier. The session cover things like finding the material on your reading lists, using databases and how to identify good quality information. It also covers searching for evidence and guidelines and how to access electronic journals. Everything you should need to get you started.
  • Literature Searching
    Our most popular course! If you need to access primary research, our literature searching course may be the answer.  This will enable you to effectively search a number of databases such as Medline, HMIC (healthcare management) or the British Nursing Index through the NHS's HDAS interface. We'll show you how to search, save your results and even access full text journal articles, straight from the databases.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
    Once you have found the evidence, you need to know what it means and if you can rely on it, and that is where our critical appraisal skills sessions come in.Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal workshop will take you through the statistics, terminology and process, while our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a research article in a group facilitated by one of our librarians.
  • Evidence into Practice
    If you are a nurse undergoing revalidation, try our Evidence into Practice course. It offers the opportunity to refresh (or learn) your skills in searching for the latest evidence, while finding information that is relevant to your day to day work.Come to the course with a question related to your scope of practice and go away not only with updated skills, but also with evidence to feed back in to your department. You will log 2 hours and 30 minutes of CPD time and at the end of the session will complete one of the 5 reflective accounts required by the NMC for revalidation, based on what you have learned.

We run our workshops in a number of venues across the county:


If you have any questions or want to book a place on one of our workshops, you can find all the available dates and venues online or you can contact us for more information.